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Phil Keoghan: From Spot On to the world...

Phil Keoghan: From Spot On to the world...

Interviews - 2013

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New Zealander Phil Keoghan has become an internationally-known TV host thanks to his role on Emmy-winning American reality series The Amazing Race. Keoghan began his career as a TVNZ cameraman before moving into presenting on kids show Spot On. He hosted a number of TV shows in New Zealand, such as That's Fairly Interesting, 3:45 LIVE! and Yahoo. Keoghan moved to the USA in the 1990s, where he began to get broadcasting work, eventually landing the coveted role as host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has also produced and presented other international shows including No Opportunity Wasted, After the Climb, and Keoghan’s Heroes.

In this ScreenTalk, Keoghan talks about:

  • Loving the chance to perform on the kids show Spot On
  • How That's Fairly Interesting helped hone his story-telling skills
  • Being mentored by fellow presenter Mark Leishman
  • Learning to cope with live TV on 3:45 LIVE!
  • An embarrassing moment with Milli Vanilli on set
  • Fighting with actor Kevin Smith on Gloss
  • How his Kiwi accent lost him the presenter’s role on Survivor
  • Faking an American accent to host The Amazing Race
  • Believing the show opens up world culture to an American audience
  • The challenges of making 'feel-good' series No Opportunity Wasted
  • How his documentary The Ride has become his favourite ever TV project
  • Being proud of the show earning a million dollars for multiple sclerosis

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside